taint


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taint 1

 (tānt)
tr.v. taint·ed, taint·ing, taints
1. To affect or associate with something undesirable or reprehensible: a reputation that was tainted by allegations of illegal activity.
2.
a. To expose to an infectious agent, toxin, or undesirable substance: drinking water that is tainted with parasites; toothpaste that is tainted with toxic metals.
b. To subject to decay or putrefaction: would not eat the meat for fear that it was tainted. See Synonyms at contaminate.
n.
1. An undesirable or corrupting influence or association: wanted to avoid the taint of an accounting scandal. See Synonyms at stain.
2. An undesirable quality; a defect or shortcoming: "I confess to a taint of exhibitionism" (F. Scott Fitzgerald).

[Partly from obsolete taynt, to color, dye (from Anglo-Norman teint, from past participle of teindre, from Latin tingere), and partly from Middle English tainten, to convict (short for atteinten, from Old French ataint, past participle of ataindre, to attain, touch upon; see attain).]

taint′less adj.
taint′less·ly adv.

taint 2

 (tānt)
n. Vulgar Slang
The perineum.

[From such phrases as 'tain't asshole and 'tain't pussy and 'tain't asshole and 'tain't balls.]

taint

(teɪnt)
vb
1. to affect or be affected by pollution or contamination: oil has tainted the water.
2. to tarnish (someone's reputation, etc)
n
3. a defect or flaw: a taint on someone's reputation.
4. a trace of contamination or infection
[C14: (influenced by attaint infected, from attain) from Old French teindre to dye, from Latin tingere to dye]
ˈtaintless adj

taint

(teɪnt)

n.
1. a trace of something bad or offensive.
2. a trace of infection or contamination.
v.t.
3. to modify by a trace of something bad or offensive.
4. to infect or contaminate.
5. to sully or tarnish (a person's name, reputation, etc.).
v.i.
6. to become tainted; spoil.
[1325–75; conflation of Middle English taynt (aph. variant of attaint, past participle of attaint) with late Middle English taynt hue, tint (< Anglo-French teint < Latin tinctus)]

taint


Past participle: tainted
Gerund: tainting

Imperative
taint
taint
Present
I taint
you taint
he/she/it taints
we taint
you taint
they taint
Preterite
I tainted
you tainted
he/she/it tainted
we tainted
you tainted
they tainted
Present Continuous
I am tainting
you are tainting
he/she/it is tainting
we are tainting
you are tainting
they are tainting
Present Perfect
I have tainted
you have tainted
he/she/it has tainted
we have tainted
you have tainted
they have tainted
Past Continuous
I was tainting
you were tainting
he/she/it was tainting
we were tainting
you were tainting
they were tainting
Past Perfect
I had tainted
you had tainted
he/she/it had tainted
we had tainted
you had tainted
they had tainted
Future
I will taint
you will taint
he/she/it will taint
we will taint
you will taint
they will taint
Future Perfect
I will have tainted
you will have tainted
he/she/it will have tainted
we will have tainted
you will have tainted
they will have tainted
Future Continuous
I will be tainting
you will be tainting
he/she/it will be tainting
we will be tainting
you will be tainting
they will be tainting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tainting
you have been tainting
he/she/it has been tainting
we have been tainting
you have been tainting
they have been tainting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tainting
you will have been tainting
he/she/it will have been tainting
we will have been tainting
you will have been tainting
they will have been tainting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tainting
you had been tainting
he/she/it had been tainting
we had been tainting
you had been tainting
they had been tainting
Conditional
I would taint
you would taint
he/she/it would taint
we would taint
you would taint
they would taint
Past Conditional
I would have tainted
you would have tainted
he/she/it would have tainted
we would have tainted
you would have tainted
they would have tainted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.taint - the state of being contaminatedtaint - the state of being contaminated  
impureness, impurity - the condition of being impure
dust contamination - state of being contaminated with dust
Verb1.taint - place under suspicion or cast doubt upon; "sully someone's reputation"
mar, deflower, impair, vitiate, spoil - make imperfect; "nothing marred her beauty"
2.taint - contaminate with a disease or microorganism
superinfect - infect (an infected cell) further or infect a cell already containing similar organisms
smut - affect with smut or mildew, as of a crop such as corn
contaminate, pollute, foul - make impure; "The industrial wastes polluted the lake"

taint

verb
1. disgrace, shame, dishonour, brand, ruin, blacken, stigmatize They said that the elections had been tainted by corruption.
noun
1. disgrace, shame, stigma, dishonour Her government never really shook off the taint of corruption.

taint

verb
1. To become or cause to become rotten or unsound:
2. To make morally impure:
3. To contaminate the reputation of:
Idioms: give a black eye to, sling mud on.
noun
A mark of discredit or disgrace:
Archaic: attaint.
Idiom: a blot on one's escutcheon.
Translations
شائِبَه، لَطْخَه، عَيْبيُفْسِديُلَطِّخ، يُلَوِّث، يُفْسِد
nákazanakazit sezkazit
fordærveinficereødelæggeplet
pilatasaastuttaaturmellaväliliha
blettur; veila; skemmdspillaspilla , menga
pagadinti
iezīmeizpausmepazīmesabojātsabojāt reputāciju
bozmakbozulmakokuşmakokutmakleke

taint

[teɪnt]
A. N (liter) → mancha f, mácula f (liter)
the taint of sinla mancha del pecado
B. VT
1. (= spoil) [+ food, medicine] → contaminar
2. (fig) [+ reputation] → mancillar
the elections have been tainted by corruptionlas elecciones se han visto empañadas or salpicadas por la corrupción

taint

[ˈteɪnt] vt
[+ meat, food] → gâter; [+ flavour] → dénaturer
[+ reputation] → entacher
to be tainted by sth → être entaché(e) de qch
Opposition leaders said that the elections had been tainted by corruption → Les leaders de l'opposition ont déclaré que les élections avaient été entachées de corruption.

taint

n
(lit, of food etc) → Stich m; meat free from tainteinwandfreies Fleisch
(fig: = blemish) → Makel m; (= trace)Spur f; a taint of madnesseine Anlage zum Irrsinn; the hereditary taintdie krankhafte Erbanlage; the taint of sinder Makel der Sünde; a nasty taint of fascismein übler faschistischer Beigeschmack
vt
foodverderben
air, atmosphereverderben, verpesten
(fig) reputationbeflecken, beschmutzen

taint

[teɪnt]
1. n (fig) → macchia
the taint of madness → il marchio della pazzia
2. vt (meat, food) → far avariare (fig) (reputation) → infangare

taint

(teint) verb
1. to spoil (something) by touching it or bringing it into contact with something bad or rotten. The meat has been tainted.
2. to affect (someone or something) with something evil or immoral; to corrupt. He has been tainted by his contact with criminals.
noun
a mark or trace of something bad, rotten or evil. the taint of decay.
ˈtainted adjective
spoiled or corrupted. tainted food; The nation is tainted with evil and corruption.

taint

n. [stain] mancha, mácula;
v. manchar, podrirse o causar putrefacción; corromperse.
References in classic literature ?
To what, as a white man who has no taint of Indian blood, I should be ashamed to own; to the judgment of the young Mohican, in matters which I should know better than he, but which I can now hardly believe to be true, though my own eyes tell me it is so.
Here, there was the taint of deepest sin in the most sacred quality of human life, working such effect, that the world was only the darker for this woman's beauty,and the more lost for the infant that she had borne.
Of course that taint, that reverence for rank and title, had been in our American blood, too -- I know that; but when I left America it had disap- peared -- at least to all intents and purposes.
I lingered at the gates; I lingered on the lawn; I paced backwards and forwards on the pavement; the shutters of the glass door were closed; I could not see into the interior; and both my eyes and spirit seemed drawn from the gloomy house--from the grey-hollow filled with rayless cells, as it appeared to me--to that sky expanded before me,--a blue sea absolved from taint of cloud; the moon ascending it in solemn march; her orb seeming to look up as she left the hill-tops, from behind which she had come, far and farther below her, and aspired to the zenith, midnight dark in its fathomless depth and measureless distance; and for those trembling stars that followed her course; they made my heart tremble, my veins glow when I viewed them.
Bygrave's conviction that there was a lurking taint of insanity in the hou sekeeper's blood had recurred to his memory, and he had left the room at the first opportun ity.
The gloomy taint that was in the Murdstone blood, darkened the Murdstone religion, which was austere and wrathful.
I had pretended with myself that there was nothing of this taint in the arrangement; but when I went up to my little room on this last night, I felt compelled to admit that it might be so, and had an impulse upon me to go down again and entreat Joe to walk with me in the morning.
The holy angels could not have loved Nicolete with a purer love, a love freer from taint of any earthly thought, than I, a man of thirty, blase, and fed from my youth upon the honeycomb of woman.
So saying, on he led his radiant Files, Daz'ling the Moon; these to the Bower direct In search of whom they sought: him there they found Squat like a Toad, close at the eare of EVE; Assaying by his Devilish art to reach The Organs of her Fancie, and with them forge Illusions as he list, Phantasms and Dreams, Or if, inspiring venom, he might taint Th' animal Spirits that from pure blood arise Like gentle breaths from Rivers pure, thence raise At least distemperd, discontented thoughts, Vain hopes, vain aimes, inordinate desires Blown up with high conceits ingendring pride.
He paid some attention to the management of his collieries in the Midland counties, excusing himself for this taint of industry on the ground that the one advantage of having coal was that it enabled a gentleman to afford the decency of burning wood on his own hearth.
And to prevent the least taint of moisture, which means sudden death to a telephone current, these cables were invariably soaked in oil.
They are, in short, peasants, plain homely people, without any taint of disreputable blood, and, as the saying is, old rusty Christians, but so rich that by their wealth and free-handed way of life they are coming by degrees to be considered gentlefolk by birth, and even by position; though the wealth and nobility they thought most of was having me for their daughter; and as they have no other child to make their heir, and are affectionate parents, I was one of the most indulged daughters that ever parents indulged.